Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mindfulness Meditation Helps Seniors Relieve Loneliness | Psych Central News

 A sad fact of aging for many is a lack of companionship as loved ones pass on and children scatter.
Experts say the resultant loneliness is linked to emotional stress and declines in physical health. Indeed, feeling lonely has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and even premature death.
As such, interventions to relieve loneliness are in demand, yet prior strategies to relieve loneliness have had limited success.
Now, new research from UCLA scientists reveals that a simple eight-week meditation program may be all this is needed to reduce loneliness in older adults. Moreover, researchers discovered that mindfulness meditation also reduces the expression of inflammatory genes.

Mindfulness Meditation Helps Seniors Relieve Loneliness | Psych Central News

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